Choosing to Forgive

Published May 15, 2015


Leading YourselfWellness

Wess Stafford President of Compassion International, describes how he didn’t let the abuse he experienced as a child keep him from achieving God’s plan for his leadership.

About the Speaker(s)
Wess Stafford

Wess Stafford


Compassion International

President of Compassion International. Dr. Wess Stafford is an internationally recognized advocate for children. Since 1977 he has worked with Compassion International and has served as President since 1993. He hosts a national radio program, Speak Up with Compassion®. Wess grew up as the son of missionaries and earned degrees from Moody Bible Institute, Biola University, Wheaton College and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Wess lives on a small ranch near Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife Donna. They are the parents of two daughters, Jenny and Katie. Wess’ own life experiences have uniquely prepared him for his role. He often says, “Everything I really need to know to lead a multinational organization I learned from the poor, growing up in an African Village.”

Years at GLS 2009